As you age, it is important that your oral health is maintained. Tooth loss may occur, but is never to be accepted as a natural part of the aging process. There are ways to keep your teeth and gums in great shape as you age. You likely learned at a very young age that daily brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist every six months (or as recommended) is important. With regularly kept dental appointments, if a problem does occur, affordable dentistry is available to treat your dental condition before it has a chance to escalate.
Allow Your Teeth to Age Gracefully
As you age, your teeth may become stained or discolored. This can occur due to illness, medication, diet, neglect, or lifestyle. Keeping your teeth bright is attainable with teeth whitening; if dental stain is intrinsic, there are other options available such as porcelain veneers.
You’re never too old to enjoy straight teeth. You probably do not want to wear metal braces, but there are clear options, such as Invisalign, available to help correct a malocclusion. Ask your dentist how you can benefit from straight teeth (besides a beautiful smile).
One or more missing teeth can impact speech, the ability to chew, and may discourage you from going out in public. Do not be embarrassed by your dental condition; inquire about options to restore lost dentition.
Awareness and Knowledge are Important
As you age, your teeth and gums have been through years of hard work. It is imperative that you are able to recognize potential problems and respond to them quickly to limit any serious damage from occurring. For example, unprovoked bleeding gums or chronic bad breath can be symptomatic of the onset of gum disease. Early signs of gingivitis are reversible if caught quickly; but if allowed to advance, periodontal concerns will increase.
Worn enamel due to long periods of incorrect brushing technique; teeth grinding and clenching; and normal wear and tear can increase odds of developing dental decay. If you’re vigilant about seeing your dentist regularly, potential problems will likely be noticed and can be corrected.
Our dental team has a multitude of options available for preventing and correcting problems related to your dental condition; affordable dentistry has never been more readily available than it is today. Follow the guidance of your dental provider to enjoy great dental health in your senior years.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today.